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Tulsidas Jadhav

(1905 – 1999) – (Maharashtra)

Tulsidas Jadhav (Aged 94) born on 25th January 1905, was a noted freedom fighter, political activist, social worker, farmer, and member of the Bombay Legislative Council and Lok Sabha. He was associated with the Indian National Congress from 1921 to 1947 and was one of the active freedom fighters from Solapur. When Mahatma Gandhi initiated his Salt Satyagraha in 1930, young workers like Krisnaji Bhimrao Antrolikar, Tulsidas Jadhav, and Jajuji came on the scene and became staunch followers of the Gandhian philosophy.

During the time of communal tension in 1930, he was imprisoned in 1931, 1932, 1941, and 1942. From 1937 to 1939, 1946 to 1951, and 1951 to 1957, he was a member of the Bombay Legislative Assembly. Once during a satyagraha, an officer put a pistol on his chest and ordered him to leave, but he refused to budge – luckily he was let off. He was closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi and served as his secretary when he was in Yerwada prison in 1932.

After independence, he left Congress in 1947 and, along with some other ex-Congressmen, joined the Peasants and Workers Party of India, of which he was one of the founder members. He also served on Parliamentary Committees on Draft Third Five Year Plan. In 1985, he was a signatory to the “Apostle of Peace” award, which was recognized by Giani Zail Singh, President of India. He passed away on 11th September 1999.